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ask your doctor if switching to eliquis is right for you. this is feeling a bit like groundhog day. you going to apologize again? we've been played. we had the superior numbers. we had the votes. and bond played us against each other. you thought i was plotting against you; i wasn't. that's why you're leaving. we had this conversation already. we agreed i wasn't leaving. yes, but we were both lying. i'm listening. i don't like being played. so i suggest we do the same to bond. how? in two months time, he's bringing in a super pac as a client-- $100 million. at that point, bond intends to vote you out.
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i say we convince him i'm still on board for that plan, and in the meantime... we move against him. okay. okay. let's not bicker anymore. alicia: the problem is, there's nobody else. there's no other way to get the robbery in. and there's no suspects. there's no wife, no descendents. no one else cut out of the will. well, maybe he did it. when did you stop being helpful? $50,000 a year bump. and as a thank-you for your years of continued service, membership at the st. andrews country club. just what i wanted. you'll fit right in.
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just make sure you got mine. i always have... and i always will. oh, um, tell alicia to target the manager. the manager? kuney? why? his religion. like you said, we need to give the jury someone else to be biased against. oh, my goodness. (laughing): oh, you startled me. eli said you were out. what are you doing here? i want to talk to you. really? why? (sighs) mom, you know i love you. aw. you'rere good son. but i need you to stop coming to the status meetings. oh?
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oh, of course. i... i'm sorry. no, no, no, please don't apologize. i just want you to understand that... i... i need to do this on my own. is it still all right if i phone for updates? only if it's all right with eli. of course. good. thank you. i'm tempted, but i need assurances about the partner track. i don't want to be summarily fired again. i, um...
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(groans, lauaus) what... what's changed? my agreeing to join you? no, it's just, um... we're a bit more in flux. oh, yes. flux-- that's one of those great words that covers a whole boatload of sins. come back to us. cary, come back to us. we made a mistake. we need you. at lockhart/gardner? yes. i don't think so. i'm having too much fun where i am. you sure? what's alicia's salary? i don't know exactly, but i'm sure you can imagine. double it, and d t me in above her,
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you've grown up. oh, yeah, i'm a big boy. it's good to talk to you. good morning. i hope everybody had a good evening. uh, counselor, are you, uh, ready for cross? yes, your honor. all laced up and ready to go. alicia: mr. kuney, you talked about discussing many things with the victim. what were they? uh, what did i discuss? i don't know. what do managers discuss with their tenants? i don't know. your religion? objection, your honor. i'm just trying to establish mrmrkuney's familiarityywith the victim. i'll allow it. alicia: did you argue about your religion with mr. bauer? well, i wouldn't say argue.
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about your scientology? kuney: yes. he thought i was proselytizing. i thought i was just discussinin the closed-mindedness of some countries like germany and france who refuse to recognize scientology as a religion. and during these spirited discussions, did you discuss scientology's ambivalence toward psychology? objection, your honor. judge weldon: sustained. alicia: when the two of you argued-- excuse me-- discussed-- these issues, did you do it-- according to your neighbors-- with raised voices? objection, your honor. sustained. you have keys to mr. bauer's apartment, don't you, mr. kuney? yes. and you are the only one who claimed to see a fight between our client and his father. cary: objection. weldon: sustained. that's enough, counselor.
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(laughing) how you doing? all right, hold on, tom. was-was there something that you needed? hey! what...? are you nuts?! that's mine! get out. you are making one big mistake. will you escort mr. boras out? don't forget your coat. (phone ringing) hello. oh, yes, adam? oh. oh, that's awful. oh, you better do it if that's what... if that's what eli wants. the third quarter has improved. although i think there still needs to be some belt-tightening. we still have some overcharges in litigation. hello, diane. derrick.
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(clears throat) it's good to have you back. it's good to be back. anyway, we were discussing the third quarter results. uh, they're not as dire as anticipated, but, uh, we still have some overcharges in litigation. um, i think this will be the focus of what we're trying to get accomplished next year. you seem happy. yeah, i guess i am. made peace with yourself? jury's in. you're kidding. they just went out. yeah, 20 minutes. should be interesting. it's not guilty. are you sure?
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(clears throat) members of the jury, have you reached a verdict? we have, your honor. on the charge of first degree murder, we find the defendant guilty. you said... don't say a thing. we'll appeal. judge weldon: would the, uh, defense like to poll the jury? will: yes, we would, your honor.
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sir? excuse me. i was with the defense. yes, i recognize you. you don't have to answer any of my questions, but it helps us learn for the future. no, i'll answer your questions. it was just such a quick verdict. yes, there were, uh, no disagreements. i see. and what decided it for you? "what" did? yes. i mean, obviously, you didn't take the manager's testimony seriously. and the judge-- did you believe he was biased? ohohsure. you did. but that didn't enter into your decision? no. why not? i don't know.
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then what did matter? he did it. i hope that helps. have a good evening. captioning sponsored by cbs and toyota.
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7 o0 c1 she was very carefree, loving. she was amazing. i just can't tell you the feeling went through my mind. i couldn't think of anybody that would ever want to do what they did to her. >> amyjane was an angel. traveling the world with her church to help children. >> we loved amy. they loved amy so much. >> but back home something sinister lay waiting. >> it was a pretty horrific crime scene. >> a bright young life snuffed out. >> who would do that? it doesn't make any sense at all. >> months later a mom out for a walk vanishes.
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>> karen's gone. i don't know where she is. i just cried. >> one murder, one disappearance in the same small town. but soon police would discover a creepier connection. >> one of the detectives had gotten his hands on an image of amyjane brandhagen and karen lang together. >> oh, my god. >> the dead teenager and the missing mom arm in arm. >> in that moment most of us knew that that wasn't coincidence. >> was someone stalking the women of this tight-knit church? this sounds more like a zodiac-type killer. >> absolutely. >> a race to connect the dots revealing a truth darker than anyone imagined. >> i don't get that. i mean, it's just evil. >> i'm lester holt. and this is "dateline." here's keith morrison with "someone was out there." there are children born into this world for whom the dance never ends.
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for whom joy seems uncontained. for whom exuberance is uncontainable. >> amyjane. what are we doing right now? >> we're riding on the roof of a car. >> there was this young woman, a sprite really in a young woman's body who loved adventure and people and who danced to music no one else could hear. which is why -- >> it haunted me. this case haunted me. >> haunted the police. haunted the whole town. >> is there a serial killer around? >> a serial killer with plans for two women in one particular church in one particular photograph? >> i was like this is insane and everybody needs to find this person. >> yes. but it began with that girl, that sprite. >> just the freest spirit that you could think of. like literally not having a care in the world. >> kate cook is talking about her friend and fellow missionary
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amyjane brandhagen. talking about her now that it's happened, that it's all over. kate a a amyjane went to india and nepal together back in 2012. small town girls, kate from wisconsin, amyjane from oregon. >> she's always ready to give and pour her heart out to people and just give everything she had to offer. >> they were there three months for something called youths with a mission. or ywam for short. like tourists they went to the taj mahal. like preachers, they spread the word. to children, mostly. for whom amyjane was magnetic, irresistible. >> they would see her and run up and say the word that means sister, sister. so excited. >> when the three-month mission trip was over. >> she hated it. she was like i don't want to go home. >> home for amyjane was a universe away from vibrant
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here it is. pendleton. safely tucked into a small valley on the vast rolling flanks of eastern oregon. cowboy country. >> ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the pendleton roundup! >> home to one of the nation's biggest rodeos, the pendleton roundup, which each september celebrates the town's rough and tumble past as a brawling and bordello-filled cow town. and then good conservative citizens wave good-bye to the parting cowboys and settle into a safe and predictable life and fill the pews every sunday morning without fail. people like bill caldera, who was like family to amyjane and her parents, jim and kathy brandhagen. >> they brought amyjane home
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and they brought her home. >> bill and knew the remarkable little girl from the very beginning. you watched amyjane grow up. >> yes. >> and saw what sort of girl emerge? >> she is very carefree, loving, didn't know a stranger. >> the brandhagens asked bill to speak for them after what happened when they sorely needed their church family at pendleton free methodist. like youth minister jeff hummel and his wife lisa who encountered the dancing sprite when she was in middle school. >> if she got the feeling that you were left out, she'd find you and make sure that you knew you had a friend. >> little bit like pippi longstocking. >> i always remember she knew everyone's name. she was just fun. >> one year when she was far away in india, the people who loved amyjane worried a lot. and didn't breathe easy until she returned home to the safety and security of pendleton.
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>> she was waiting for god to tell her what to do next. whether it was going to be to travel the world or go back or go to school. >> she wanted more freedom too, so she moved out of her parents' house and got herself a little apartment ininowntown pendleton. worked two jobs to pay for it including a job cleaning motel rooms at the travelodge across from city hall. >> she was excited to get this other job, but she wasn't so sure about working at the hotel. she was a little nervous about it. >> after all she'd never done that sort of thing before, or answered to a boss who -- this one sounded gruff. but she went. and she scoured and scrubbed those little rooms that looked out on downtown pendleton. and then it was august 14th, 2012. >> 911, what is your emergency? >> i am calling from travelodge, there's a girl dead in the bathroom. i don't know. >> a girl dead in the bathroom? >> i think she's passed out.
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>> okay. i'm going to get the police and ambulance headed that way, okay? >> in his office down the ha from the 911 operator, bill caldera listened and felt the dread flood in. >> just gave me a feeling in the pit of my stomach that something was not good about this call. >> bill, remember, was a close friend of the brandhagen family, attends the same church. but he's also a policeman. and that day with the chief on vacation, lieutenant bill caldera was the man in charge. >> as soon as one of my patrol sergeants arrived on scene he requested my presence which i knew then we would probably be dealing with a homicide. >> as he raced to the motel he couldn't know what had just been started there any more than whose life had just ended. >> what this veteran investigator was about to find would leave him stunned. >> i just can't tell you the feeling that went through my mind.
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if god had a plan for pendleton, oregon, on the afternoon of august 14th, 2012, one could hardly have imagined it would be this. >> 911, what is your emergency? >> there's a girl dead in the bathroom.
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>> lieutenant bill caldera prepared himself as he drove over to the travelodge and then climbed the stairs to room 231. all the preparation in the world could not have been enough. lying on the bathroom floor her lifeless body punctured by the startling scarlet of a dozen stab wounds was the sweet free spirit he'd known since she was a baby, 19-year-old amyjane brandhagen. >> it just felt like somebody kicked me in the pit of my stomach. i just can't tell you the feeling that went through my mind. >> almost like she was your kid in a way. >> very much. >> lieutenant caldera took it upon himself to notify amy jane's parents.. >> and that was probably the toughest thing that i've ever had to do in my career. and i can't tell you the feeling we all had. we broke down in tears. >> but why would anyone want to kill amyjane of all people?
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>> i was crushed. like how is this even possible? i was speechless. and then i just sat crying in the bathroom for probably the next hour like not understanding, like craziness. >> as word spread through amy jane's church family, so did the questions. high school youth pastor chris thatcher. early on was there any indication of who may have been responsible? >> i don't think anybody had any idea. i think that's what made this so hard is that so many of us, we know each other. we're family here. >> but there was the dismal work to do. lieutenant caldera returned to the motel where amy was murdered. it would be pretty hard for you to take part in an active investigation. >> no, i wouldn't have. i couldn't have. not with my relationship. >> lieutenant caldera turned the case over to detective sergeant rick jackson. >> it was a pretty -- pretty horrific crime scene. >> it was obvious amyjane fought for her life.
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her glasses lay in the bathtub. blood spattered the walls. dna of a male presumably her attacker would be found under her fingernails. but the medical examiner said it was not a sex attack. and it wasn't robbery either. amyjane's purse and cell phone were still right there on the bedside table. and nobody saw a thing. even though -- >> this is during broad daylight with a motel room door -- with motel room doors open. >> the only potential witness, if he was a witness at all, was a painter working at the motel who said he saw a young man with longer hair, darker skin, perhaps hispanic or native american, walking near the back parking lot. >> it may have been the person who did it and it may not have been. >> could have been somebody passing by. >> sure. while we were there she was in the first hour of being at the crime scene. upwards of 50 people walked by. i mean, this is a pretty busy area of town. >> busy, yes.
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banks, bridges, city hall, walking trails along the river that runs through town. detectives painstakingly went through the footage. >> there was nothing. >> they took dna from dozens of motel guests to check against the sample taken from amyjane's fingernails. wasn't any of them. so detective jackson went to the people who knew amyjane well, or perhaps romantically. those stab wounds were all focused around her heart, which often indicates some kind of crime of passion. but -- >> i think most of the males we spoke to really viewed themselves as her protectors. >> pendleton police chief stuart roberts hurried back home from his abbreviated mexican vacation and encountered a case going nowhere fast. >> everybody that knew her characterized her in the same way. she knew no stranger. she didn't have an evil bone in her body. >> as the investigation entered its second week, amyjane's family prepared a memorial service at the church where they'd raised their daughter.
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it was one o oher favorite things to do go out barefoot and dance in the rain because she just loved it. the morning of her memorial service there was a loud clap of thunder that came over town about 6:30. and several of us heard it. i think we knew. >> up there dancing in the rain somewhere, huh? >> i think she was. >> together we pray, in jesus' name, amen. >> hundreds crowded into amy jane's church. and many like jed and lisa hummel were amazed by the strength of amyjane's parents. >> they were hurting deeply, but they weren't looking for vengeance. >> me, on the other hand, i was just ticked. i was like this is i iane. and everybody needs to find this person. >> oh, they were certainly trying. even at that very moment. >> we had about 10 to 12
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undercover officers in and about the memorial service looking for anybody that would strike us as odd. >> but no one stood out. >> hang in there, caleb. hang in there. >> a month after the murder, the famous roundup filled the streets as usual. and then they emptied again. and as the autumn wind turned raw, detective jackson's investigation chased down every lead and got nowhere. >> we call them rabbit trails. we ran hundreds of rabbit trails down. >> the holidays came and went, holidays for other people. not detective jackson. not chief roberts. >> it haunted me. this case haunted me. >> and then a spring breeze dipped into the pendleton valley, curled its warming fingers into secret corners and came out whispering a name. coming up -- >> we've gone for months with nothing and now this.
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have cops found their killer? >> we go out and find his girlfriend.
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could have done this. six months after the murder of amyjane brandhagen, investigators finally caught a break. a county jail inmate looking for a deal got word out to the cops. he claimed to know who killed amyjane. >> i mean, we'd gone for months with nothing and now this. >> there were two of them, said the inmate. ira draper and eric torres, both well-known to local law enforcement. who soon confirmed the men were in the area the day of the murder. they found torres first. and looked like they were on to something. torres said, yes, he was in on it. but he didn't kill her. it was the guy he was with, he said. draper, who went into the motel room and came out very bloody. >> he basically tells them, yeah, i was driving the getaway car. >> it was his buddy who did the killing, he said. ira draper.
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>> so we go out and find his girlfriend. she's going, i always believed he potentially could have done this. he's aggressive. and he has these journals. and there are journal entries about defiling women and killing and burying them. >> they found and questioned draper who said he understood why he was a suspect. >> have you ever thought about killing anybody? >> i've never really planned it out, but maybe thought about it, yeah. >> but after a few minutes with draper, jackson had a familiar sinking feeling. >> he was very much so enamored by the fact the police were giving him attention. >> he was playing you. playing it for all it was worth. >> he was getting a little street cred for it. >> the dna confirmed it was all an act. two unpleasant men, the police said, who seemed to be enjoying themselves at the expense of the cops.
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by august 2013 it had been almost a full year since amy jane brandhagen's murder in pendleton. investigators had exhausted hundreds of leads. and themselves. >> i knew it was having an impact on my physiological health as well as my mental health. >> on august 8th the chief took his family out of town for some r and r. and the very next day a woman named karen lange happened to be a member of amyjane's church announced to her husband dan she was going for a walk. >> and she came down. and i'll never forget what she said. she said, well, you know, i was thinking that we can maybe go out for dessert afterward. >> karen was an accomplished singer and pianist. dan vice president of the local community college. her walk along the river levee in downtown pendleton, the river walk was almost a daily habit. it was 4:30 p.m.
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august afternoon. >> and the last words she said to me were, well, i guess we'll just have a nice boring evening. >> dan went back to tinkering on his motorcycle. lost all track of time. it was dark when his son walked into the room and asked an innocuous question. >> where's mom? i said, well, i don't know. i'll give her a call. so i went -- i tried to make the phone call, and i couldn't get hold of her. >> but it was after 9:30 p.m. karen usually walked for less than an hour. she'd been gone for five. in some people anxiety stokes panic. dan is not like that. it's a coping mechanism, he stays calm. he made another call. >> long day, 10:00 at night. my phone rings. i answer, hi, dan. >> remember jed and lisa hummel? friend of amyjane's from church? karen always parked their car in front of her house when she took
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her late afternoon walks. >> says, is karen at your house? no. i just got home and i asked lisa if she'd been over. and i said, no, haven't seen her. >> and i had looked outside and sure enough the car was still there. so we went out to the car and she wasn't there. >> so jed and lisa grabbed flashlights and walked a couple of blocks from their house down to the river levee. there in the parking lot sat a pendleton policeman. what should they do they asked him. >> he just thought it was unusual enough that he got ahold of dan. >> as the officer left to talk to dan, jed and lisa kept looking through the dark along the riverbank. >> there's a fear of not finding anything. and there's a fear of finding something. >> when i got to where the policeman was, we were talking, and he said, you seem to be awfully calm for your wife being missing. and at that point i thought, holy mackerel, you know, if there's something --
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if there's something bad that happened to her, i could be a suspect. >> from his patrol car the officer was able to pull up images from cameras stationed around the river levee. no sign of karen. then her cell provider sent a ping to karen's phone. it turned up across the main road about half a mile from the river. in the parking lot at walmart. where again, the officer could not find karen. what was going on? around and around the river walk they went pointing their puny flashlights at a sea of dark. >> i did go home at about 5:00. i wrote an e-mail saying karen's gone. i don't know where she is. i just have to go to bed. and i went and i just cried. >> he did not sleep long.
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awake brought news. some good, some very, very bad. coming up -- amyjane's murder and karen's disappearance. could they be connected? investigators are about to discover a disturbing clue. >> i think in that moment most of us knew that that wasn't coincidence. (cell phone rings) where are you? well the squirrels are back in the attic. mom? your dad won't call an exterminator... can i call you back, mom? he says it's personal this time... if you're a mom, you call a athe worst time. it's what you do. if you want to save fifteen percent or more on car insurance, you switch to geico. it's what you do. where are you? it's very loud there. are you taking a zumba class? olay regenerist renews from within, plumping surface cells for a dramatic transformation without the need for fillers
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dawn took its own time on the morning of august 10th, 2013. by that time going on 6:00 a.m. karen lang had been missing more than 12 hours. then finally the morning sun lit up the banks of the umatilla river. >> then the policeman called, we found your wife. >> she was found and alive but
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what the policeman said next was terrifying. >> well, when he said we found your wife and she's alive, that was a great relief. but he certainly made it sound like it was a tough thing. >> oh, it was. karen had been struck from behind by some heavy blunt object. her skull was crushed. the wound was massive. right away the detective called the chief on vacation in the mountains five hours away and described the way they found her. did he think she was dead already? >> he thought she was dead. tremendous amount of blood. he indicates that he reaches for her wrist to see if she has a pulse and her leg moves. and she gasps. >> but it didn't look like she'd be alive for long. the detective drove dave lang to the hospital, told him prepare for the worst. as he arrived at the emergency room, dan ran into a nurse he
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>> and she took one look at me, and it was so heartbroken that i, of course, broke down. and then i had a chance to see karen. >> the doctors gave her a slim chance, 1 in 100, maybe. she was airlifted to a bigger hospital in portland for specialized care. as dan kept watch at her bedside, he remembered an odd comment karen made a few days before she was attacked. her boys were in college, nearly grown. she wasn't sure what her purpose was any more. as she told dan -- >> i really wish that i could be, you know, more useful, if i'm going to remain here. >> on planet earth. >> on planetetarth. i would assure her that god has a plan. and you will be used. >> but what kind of use was this? if she lived, she might never regain consciousness.
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she might never be the same. how useful could that be? and then suddenly, the case in the murder of amy brandhagen and the attack on karen lang seemed to take on a new and terrifying meaning. chief roberts returned from his vacation to be handed this photograph by investigators. it had been taken four years earlier. >> one of the detectives had gotten his hands on an image of amyjane brandhagen and karen lang together dated august 14th. >> oh, my god. >> amyjane brandhagen was murdered on august 14th. karen lang was assaulted on august the 9th one year after amyjane's murder. >> you think somebody's targeting them or someone within the church has some strange motivation? >> it could be a member of the congregation or it could be somebody who they provided outreach services to. >> in pendleton at the free methodist church, the word spread quickly. >> i think in that moment most of us knew that that wasn't
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and i can't tell you how we knew. >> well, small town, same church. >> small town, same church. we all knew each other. i think we just knew. >> in a town where murder is rare, two women, one photo, and dates that lined up like a message. had to be a connection. >> certainly crossed my mind. crossed my mind. >> so they scoured hours of video recorded by dozens of cameras stationed around town looking for a suspect. good luck. when amyjane was murdered in broad daylight, those videos turned up exactly nothing. but then, then luck turned. they saw this. recorded by one of the cameras stationed around the river walk, 6:31 p.m. karen lang, there she is right there, out for her walk. and following her, a man
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like a pipe hidden behind his back right there. >> they cross a small foot bridge. there's a short stretch there maybe 50 or 60 yards where there's just no visibility from any direction unless you're actually on the path. and right there is where he attacks her. >> is that where she was found? >> she was foundndbout 30 feet down the path. >> and then they found this video recorded by another camera about an hour after the attack. same man enters a park bathroom. and minutes later emerges to use a drinking fountain. >> i immediately said it's the same guy. we've got to show it's the same guy. >> wait, same guy as who? chief roberts remembered after amyjane was murdered the only witness who saw anything reported a young man with dark hair wandering near the motel. >> basically the description was fairly generic. male, 20-something, dark hair, a little bit longer, with dark toned skin.
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when the free methodists of pendleton, oregon, went to their weekly worship services that sunday in august, 2013, they offered their prayers for karen lang lying in a portland hospital in a coma. her husband dan a constant presence at her bedside. the prognose was poor, but dan, optimistic by nature, struggled to hang on. >> it's just a faithful attitude that says no matter what happens it's god's plan. and his plan is to prosper us. even if i were to lose karen, i
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realize that. karen was found in the brush alongside the pendleton river walk, shock spread like bad electricity. >> someone came up to our senior pastor and said, you know, i think i'm glad i'm not part of your church if all these things that have happened. >> yeah. >> you're thinking is there a serial killer around? >> not fear exactly, not yet. but someone was out there, was among them, had killed once perhaps twice. and so the unease grew. dark places were avoided. >> the odds of a stranger picking two people that were as connected difficult to wrap your mind around. >> umatilla county district attorney dan primis. this sounds more like a zodiac-type killer. like one of those weird puzzles. >> absolutely. as you're working these investigations, you're thinking all those things. trying to determine what connection is there between
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karen lang and amyjane brandhagen. >> it seemed very likely to the police and the d.a. the man seen in the surveillance video was the one who attacked karen lang, and that he might also have been the killer who stabbed amyjane to death in that motel room one year earlier. but who was it? the chief asked his street cops to look at that video. anybody recognize him? and what do you know? one of them did. >> he looked at the image for a second and said that's danny wu. >> how did he know? because he'd encountered him four times in the previous year. minor infractions, though. so they never confirmed that his name actually was danny wu. but there was one thing that might help i.d. him. >> he had a very distinct tattoo on the inside of his left wrist which read, semper fi.
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>> that was my initial reaction. >> while chief roberts didn't know who the man really was or where he was now or why he targeted two women who once taught bible school together, he knew they had to track him down right away. >> this is a community on edge. >> and now he's out there. >> he's out there. and we've got to find him. there could be more victims. >> the chief canceled all time off, called in every available officer. a manhunt was s . and thth a bit of luck. the very same sharp-eyed detective who found karen noticed something odd nearby. a wooden panel on the back of an old batting cage beside the river walk looked not quite right. so the officer reached behind the loose panel and found a pipe that appeared to have blood on one end. the dna confirmed it was karen's blood. and then when the crime lab compared a dna sample from the other end of the pipe with the
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fingernails? >> i get that call on a sunday afternoon. now we've connected the dots. >> the man who assaulted karen and amyjane brandhagen's killer were one in the same. right away the police chief shared the news with the d.a. >> i was at home. chief asked me if i was sitting down. he told me that the dna from the pipe matched the dna found underneath amyjane's fingernails. and it gave me chills. >> but though chief roberts' officers scoured the town, even picture on them, they found nothing. a week. no danny wu. oh, yes. >> no. >> sheds, doors, windows, cars. >> yeah. you do. you feel like there's a serial killer in town. >> and then a call from the local convention center. two catering company employees told the dispatcher they'd gone in through a side door to the

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